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Format/power off FE170

I was just taking pictures with my friends. We turned off the camera, then turned it back on to look at the pictures. It worked fine. I put the USB cable in the camera, and connected it to the computer, and then it stopped working. When I turn on my camera now it either lets me choose "Format" or "Power Off". I don't understand how it could work one second, and not the next? Anyone know what might be the problem.

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Was the camera still switched on when you connected it to the computer ? It might have suffered a power surge if so.

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After readin almost all posts on this problem I lost hope to save my photos from that "Format error" stick. So first I start to format the memory with the camera, after 5-6 minutes it says everything is formated. I restarted the camera but again there was a memory error message, but this time the blue screen has gone and I can see where lens are pinting. After that i start the format function again on my camera, but after a few seconds (just at the moment when it starts to format) i took put the batteries. When I put the batteries again the memory stick pro duo was empty. So I downloaded a program for memory restore (Rescover my Photos) Here is a link with program with C.. R... A.. C... K...
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P, td, li {font-family: arial, u; font-size:9pt; margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px; word-spacing:1px;} If you camera freezes when you power it on or when you try to take a picture, you may have a defective memory card. To test your camera and the memory card, follow these steps:
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